When it comes to change, most people will choose what’s most familiar rather than embarking on a journey where the potential rewards are great but the outcome is uncertain.
You hold in your hands your very own crystal ball – because if fear keeps you from pursuing what’s unfamiliar and uncomfortable, it’s easy to predict your future. It will be exactly like your past!
If you’re comfortable where you are and don’t feel the need for challenges, why consider a different path? After all, you’re not hurting anyone, are you? The honest answer is yes. You’re hurting yourself. And you’re denying the rest of us the possibility of benefiting from your contributions. You’ve given up on life and you don’t even realize it.
Retrain your brain to let go of the past, make new discoveries, and open yourself up to fully to experience all the universe has to offer. You have extraordinary contributions to make and an incredible life to share.
Sister Valerie Sweeney, SND, is the Director of Mission and Ministry at Jennings Center for Older Adults. She offers weekly reflections in writing “Spirituality and You.”
Updated 11/4/2014: THANK YOU, Brecksville voters, for voting yes on Issue 22 to rezone property to ensure that Brecksville retirees can continue living successfully in the community they love with quality services in a beautiful living environment.
Brecksville Issue 22 amends zoning to bring quality assisted living to Brecksville.
Frequently Asked Questions about Issue 22 and new Brecksville Construction:
What issue is on the ballot?
- Brecksville’s Planning Commission and City Council has approved rezoning land to build assisted living. Issue 22 on the ballot requests voters to approve the rezoning from single-family residential to a planned-overlay district. That means the only use allowed on the site would be the assisted living community that is planned.
Where is the land?
- The proposed land is adjacent to and on the south side of St. Basil Church and includes two parcels, measuring a total of nearly 5 acres, on the west side of Brecksville Road just north of Mill Road.
Why is Jennings involved in construction in Brecksville?
- As we look at our mission and the future needs of the community, we know not everyone will live in Garfield Heights. In the past eight to 10 years we have looked at other areas of the diocese and how we can serve individuals in their communities.
Does an individual need to be Catholic?
- No. This construction will serve people of all faiths.
What is Jennings’ experience caring for older adults?
- Jennings Center for Older Adults is a Catholic, non-profit organization celebrating more than 70 years of services to Northeast Ohio adults and families of all faiths with residences and services. Its Garfield Heights campus offers a continuum of care for older adults, including assisted living, apartments and villa homes with supportive services, adult day services, long-term care, skilled nursing and short-term rehabilitation as well as infant/child care and intergenerational programs. In addition, Jennings manages a 44-unit apartment building, Library Court, in Shaker Heights. The campus is a tribute to our namesake, Monsignor Gilbert P. Jennings, a visionary who believed in community and whose planned gift established this non-profit organization.
How can we get more information?
- We invite you to join our mailing list to remain updated about any other details. Feel free to email email@example.com to be added.